The virtual ward is on its way: how remote monitoring is changing the face of clinical care

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Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CUH) has implemented a fully integrated patient surveillance infrastructure based on Masimo's Patient SafetyNetTM supplemental remote monitoring and clinician notification system and Halo ION™. 
Remote monitoring also brings the opportunities of the virtual ward a step closer, with obvious benefits in terms of improved efficiency and the allocation of hospital resources to those patients who need it. With proper governance, the virtual ward can be an ideal halfway house between being in hospital and being discharged.
The notion of a virtual ward, being able to send a patient home a bit earlier but with the tools and devices for the hospital to be sure of their safety, is becoming a reality.